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Title: Walt Whitman to Samuel Clemens, 14 June 1887

Date: June 14, 1887

Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 4:101. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Location: Walt Whitman Collection, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

Whitman Archive ID: ucb.00961

Contributors to digital file: Alex Ashland, Stefan Schöberlein, Kevin McMullen, and Stephanie Blalock

328 Mickle Street
Camden New Jersey1
June 14 '87

Dear S E C

I wish to send you my special deep-felt personal thanks for your kindness & generosity to me—

Walt Whitman

Samuel Clemens (1835–1910), better know by his pen name, Mark Twain, had attended Whitman's New York lecture in April. He also contributed to Thomas Donaldson's fund for the purchase of a horse and buggy for Whitman (see Whitman's September 22, 1885 letter [note 4]), as well as to the fund to build Whitman a private cottage (see Whitman's October 7, 1887 letter to Sylvester Baxter). Twain was reported in the Boston Herald of May 24, 1887 to have said: "What we want to do is to make the splendid old soul comfortable" (Clara Barrus, Whitman and Burroughs: Comrades [1931], 268).


1. This letter is addressed: Samuel E. Clemens | (Mark Twain) | Hartford | Conn:. It is postmarked: Camden, N.J. | Jun 14 | 10 AM | 87. [back]


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